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🏁RIP Nip 💙

Stephy Says 💋 whether you know who Nipsey Hussle is or not, you’ve seen his name flash across your screen or on your social media pages in a large volume over the course of the last week.

*This is a disclaimer that nothing I could possibly write would ever be enough to reflect the legacy of Nipsey or describe his character, but I will do my absolute best.*

According to ET & The New York Times, the legendary Grammy nominated rapper and community activist, Nipsey Hussle (born Ermias Asghedom) was fatally shot multiple times by coward Eric Holder in front of his clothing store The Marathon in Los Angeles, Crenshaw district where he grew up. This shooting happened moments later after an interaction. LA Times states, “He re-emerged at the Marathon Clothing store on Sunday. The two men talked, shook hands and Holder left.” The coward then returned and fired shots.

This unfortunate & painful news struck the hearts of fans & individuals nationwide. Developing stories added more details revealed that Nipsey’s brother was contacted, and his brother Samiel, rushed to his side for his final moments (LA Times).

Nip was the lover of the beautiful actress, Lauren London. Honestly, their relationship is initially the reason I even Googled Nipsey Hussle. The way he loved her & the way she glowed because of his love was heart-warming. They were true #relationshipgoals. Whenever I saw a post, if I saw him, I saw her. He acknowledged her, loved her, taught her, and respected her. He encouraged and motivated other men to do the same.

We waited days for a response from her as she was heavy in our prayers along with his family. Her response broke us all as she posted this message to him on her Instagram feed:

It seems like this death hurts a little more each day. This loss hurts & seems to be more personal & closer to home.

Stephy Says 💋 here’s why: besides loving his woman the way all women dream of being loved & treated, he was a father, a community activist, a philanthropist, and a poster child for how you can turn your life around; even if your choices in the past weren’t the best. He motivated. He protected. He was selfless. He invested. He was leader. He was an example. Nipsey is the man every woman dreams of having, the man every man dreams to be. He lived a life that proved that he was a “good guy” & naturally a good man.

Some critics may focus on the fact that he is a member of gang, Rollin 60 Neighborhood Crips. While this may be true, Nipsey turned a negative lifestyle into a positive one & impacted the lives of many in the same neighborhood he grew up.

Nipsey never abandoned his community even when other felt he should have left the “hood” . He bought the very same block where he was arrested during gang banging years. He owned and operated a business where he employed those who weren’t likely to be employed elsewhere. His aim was to inspire, educate, invest, & advance the black community. Never greedy, but always business minded and willing to teach our community how to grow.

Along side being an entrepreneur, a community activist, & philanthropist, Nipsey not only dropped knowledge on how to advance financially and mentally, he was dropping knowledge on how to advance physically and health wise by providing the community with Dr. Sebi’s regime to restore health. He was set to do a documentary on Dr. Sebi’s case against New York for claims to have cured diabetes, AIDS, & various illnesses, in which Dr. Sebi won. Nipsey was ready to share with the world all of Dr. Sebi’s case & shed light on his great works.

The impact he made was recognized by Russell Westbrook of NBA team OKC when he dedicated his 20-20-20 stats to Nipsey. Support from other celebrities poured in.

His mother leaves these words, “I have perfect peace, and I have strength, and I want to lift you up. Please do not stay down, do not stay stuck, do not mourn. Because Nipsey is great […] and now he’s even greater because he has no bounds and limits. His energy is everywhere. He’s there with you now and he’s here with me now. And pleased be encouraged.”

Nipsey’s funeral is scheduled for April 11, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. According to BET, ““BET REMEMBERS: NIPSEY HUSSLE” TO AIR  ON BET AND STREAM ON BET NEWS’ FACEBOOK PAGE THURSDAY, APRIL 11 AT 1 PM ET


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⏩ 100 Things that made you Flashback to the 90’s & Early 2000’s

I know I can’ t be the only one to remember:

1. Carrying a cell phone and a portable music device (CD player that skipped every time you hit a bump in the road)
2. Verizon customers only had free minutes from 9:01 PM-6:59 AM unless you were Verizon to Verizon
3. T-mobiles sidekick
4. Having to rewind tapes before returning them at Blockbuster
5. Having to rewind cassette tapes with a pencil eraser
6. Gigapets that beeped all night because you forgot to feed it
7. Collecting Pokemon cards
8. Having to record a song off the radio as your ringtone
9. The Blackberry movement
10. Boost Mobile & the infamous chirp
11. Limewire & all its computer viruses
12. Not being able to use the internet & phone at the same time
13. AOL was on a free disc for a Trial period
14. MySpace & our coding abilities to find the perfect background, font, & song
15. Spice Girls & boy bands (N*Sync, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees)
16. Plastering posters all over the bedroom wall
17. When aluminum foil was considered “grills”
18. Those annoying butterfly clips in the hair
19. Lisa Frank everything
20. Milky gel pens & black papers 
21. Trapper Keepers
22. Cigarette lighters in the car
23. Lite Brites
24. Doodle bears
25. Rugrats, Rocket Power, Ahh Real Monsters, Hey Arnold, Rocko’s Modern Life, Anamaniacs, Invader Zim, Ren & Stimpy, Wild Thornberrys, As Told by Ginger
26. Sega Genesis
27. Blowing into game cartridges to make them “work” 
28. Game Boy
29. Pedal pushers 
30. Slouch socks (authentic or self made)
31. Saved by the Bell (& Zack Morris)
32. Jelly Shoes
33. Overalls with one strap undone
34. Windbreaker sets 
35. Skorts
36. Scrunchies 
37. Those stupid S’s that start with | | |
38. Lion King
39. Playing Pinball on a Windows 98 computer
40. Clicking random boxes on Minesweeper
41. The Easy Bake Oven that was never easy to use
42. “Take a look, it’s in a book, the reading rainbow”
43. Wishbone the talking dog
44. Mr. Roger’s neighborhood
45. All That, Keenan & Kel, Amanda Show
46. Those chalky Flinstone vitamins
47. Mr. Sketch scented markers (Black Burnt marshmallow was my favorite)
48. VHS collection
49. Space Jam
50. Goosebumps, Box Car Children, & American Girl series
51. Making fingernails out of Bugles
52. Zoo Books & Highlights
53. Dunkaroos
54. Fisherprice skates (wearing shoes inside the skates) 
55. Encarta & other encyclopedias
56. Beanie Babies
57. Transparent phones
58. Wonderballs
59. Kay Bee Toys
60. Floppy disks to save information
61. Pagers (Beepers)
62. Payphones
63. Macarena
64. Forgetting to take the Tamagotchi to the bathroom
65. Nickelodeon green slime
66. When the Nick didn’t play cartoons all day so you could “get up & go play”
67. Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?
68. Finding Waldo
69. Slapping your wrist with the slap bracelets
70. Chi-Chi- Chia
71. Clap On Lights (clap on!)
72. MTV played music
73. Skip It
74. You asked Jeeves instead of searching Google
75. Hit Clips
76. You instant messaged on AIM or Yahoo messenger & joined chat rooms
77. MASH was used to predict your whole life
78. Owning a bean bag chair
79. Tying your shirt in a knot in the front, making your own crop top
80. AOL announcing “you’ve got mail” emails
81. Glow in the dark stars & planets
82. That stupid finger trapper that you couldn’t get your fingers out of
83. TVs had butts in the back
84. Passing notes & finding fancy ways to fold them
85. The paper fortune teller 
86. Those stupid pens with all the colors that you tried to push down all at one
87. Those pencils with individual lead that you couldn’t use if you lost just one
88. Pretending mechanical pencils were needles & shots
89. Circle, circle, dot, dot, now I got my cootie shot!
90. Chicken pox, oatmeal baths, & calamine lotion
91. Laser tag guns at home
92. Sharpening pencils by hand
93. Those pesky stretchy chokers
94. Password Journal
95. Are you afraid of the dark?
96. Ying Yang everything
97. Those Crayola stamp markers that made you stamp everything
98. Huge radios/ boom boxes
99. Having to crank the handle to roll your window down
100. Trix cereal had shapes

What are some of you favorite 90s memories? I would love to hear! Comment below!


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📲Confessions of A Cell Phone Addict

Stephy Says 💋 I will be the 1st person to loudly & proudly admit that I am addicted to my cell phone. There is no point in time that I can be without my phone. Some of the older generation would probably say that it’s an unhealthy addiction, but of course, I beg to differ. 

There are times that I use my cell phone for business such as marketing, blogging, networking, and building a brand. However, most of the time, it’s for personal enjoyment. 

Don’t you love the thrill of receiving a text message from that special someone? Or the nagging notifications you receive from posts that have absolutely nothing to do with you…

From time to time, I often wonder what I did without a cell phone. I am kind of a sociable loner, like a lot of people I know, but I am mostly alone. My phone saves my life & keeps me entertained. 

I got my first cell phone was I was 13. Back then, it was the regular old flip phone that lacked a LCD screen. No screen meant I had to physically open the phone to see who was calling. Texting wasn’t quite a thing back then, or at least not for everyday conversation. Texting was only used for “important” times or emergencies and the templates included:

 Sorry, in a meeting.
 I’ll call you back.
 Sorry, unable to talk.

Not to mention, you had to push the button a million times to finally get to the letter you wanted. Might I add, that phone was also prepaid on a Verizon network. After that, the flip phones started upgrading to those fancy Motorola Razors. I had the sleek gray one. I went through almost every phone phase. That’s one of the joys of being an addict. Just to name a few, I had the Rumor, Blackberry Curve, Blackberry Storm, Chocolate, iPhone 4, Galaxy S6, iPhone 6, and now the iPhone 8s Plus. Of course, I want the new iPhone, partly because I feel like it will have better features, but I mostly want it because it’s new. 

So, as a phone addict, let me tell you my absolute favorite apps

 Twitter (follow me @1STEPahed) just to shoot the breeze with complete strangers or talk to myself lol
 Pinterest (follow me @ just to see the latest makeup trends, fashion trends, marketing ideas for the blog, tattoo ideas, and random cute puppies & turtles.
 Instagram (follow me @ijs_stephysays) which is basically a picture diary & I can see everyone else’s life & they can see mine. I also use it for marketing.
 Facebook & Facebook Pages (like me on Facebook for personal use as well as business use. I connect with people or just scroll down my newsfeed & browse comments under the juicy statuses. 
 Swiftkey– it allows me to personalize my keyboard. Personalization was one of the abilities I thought I lost when I switched to iPhone. 
 Buzzfeed because I love the random quizzes & posts they share. 
 Spinrilla to download all my music for free & it doesn’t use my data to play my favorite song like Pandora (although, I love Pandora).
 Flo just to keep track of my lady events, if you know what I mean.

The games I downloaded are:

 Family Guy Quest for stuff (a really pointless & stupid game, but highly addictive)
 Homescapes (help a young man salvage the mansion of his parents by completing levels & obtaining stars to complete tasks)
 Cookie Jam (similar to Candy Crush where arrange pieces into intervals of 3 to watch them disappear)
 Helix Jump (a game in which you have to successfully complete the puzzle without touching the “no no” pieces)
They’re all kind of boring now.

Let me give you some brief positives of being a phone addict

± people call you in emergencies because they know you are dependable & always answer your phone
± you’re a well of information when people need answers because they ask you to Google, thus making you an essential resource.

The negative is YOUR PHONE DIES FAST !!

What are some apps you have on your phone?


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🔥Rico da Ruler

Stephy Says 💋 during my normal scrolling on Facebook, I stumbled across Rico the Ruler & had no choice but to pause.

Rico Da Ruler is an underrated artist that I would honestly put up against any mainstream artist. His flow is unique & from everything I listened to, he bodied every beat. 🔥

I’m honestly trying to figure out what took so long for me to discover him, or why it took so long for the videos to flash across my timeline.

Who do you know that can completely devour a Temptations beat with bars? Rico da Ruler

Check out the savagery here.

Drop a comment in comment box 📥 to let me know what you think.

I have never seen anyone put it together so clever with bar after bar to a iconic beat. He has a way of capturing your attention by the use of #TheArtOfStoryTelling, & using popular songs that you can vibe to with his #OffTheDome lyrics. He is indeed, undoubtedly, the #FreeStyleKing. He comes with punchlines, metaphors, & bars without so much of a stumble.

Besides the Temptation rendition, he completey snapped on Ella Mai’s Tripping. I’ve heard many covers & renditions, but not too many have mastered the art of rapping over the beat. His version of Tripping is viral with over 170,000 views.

This international sensation has been in rotation from the US to Australia to the UK. He broke the internet when he spit a freestyle rap “Daddy’s Little Girl” to his daughter, gaining over a million views, a spot in front of the camera on the news, & a shout out from Marlon Wayans, Plies, Mike Epps, & Angie Martinez; but the best recognition was the emotional reaction from his daughter. (It’s bigger than rap).

He is quietly dominating the industry, but the time to recognize him is now. His humility is admirable, and his technique is unprecedented & unparalleled. He is in his own lane. He is incomparable. He’s Rico Da Ruler 💯, & there is no other like him. Ride the wave with him & become a fan today!

Start following him today as he continues his musical journey that I know without question will lead him to the Grammys. Be on the lookout for new music, new videos, events & performances, tours, as well as t.v. appearances!

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